Man seriously injured in 8-vehicle Deerfoot Trail crash

A Calgary man remains in serious, life-threatening condition at the Foothills hospital after a multi-vehicle crash Friday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the crash on Deerfoot Trail and 24 Street S.E. at 6:10 a.m. MT.

Upon arrival, crews encountered a eight-vehicle pileup involving 16 people.

Sgt. Bob Pughe said a Nissan crossed three lanes of traffic when it was T-boned by a Dodge Caravan.

"Both vehicles came to a stop in the fast lane of Deerfoot Trail and they were hit by other vehicles coming up," he said. "No one was able to stop because of the road conditions."

Firefighters had to extricate the driver of the Nissan, and he is now in critical condition in a Calgary hospital.

"There's quite significant traumatic injuries he did sustain," said Adam Loria with EMS.

All together, 10 people were sent to hospital.

A Calgary Transit bus was called in to accommodate others standing in the cold.

"They were all very shaken up," said Pughe.

Traffic was restricted to two southbound lanes of traffic while police conducted their investigation.

"It's been a while since I've seen a multi-vehicle collision like this on Deerfoot Trail," said Pughe.

"People just need to start slowing down because the other vehicles didn't need to get involved if they would have been doing maybe a little less than the speed limit — considering the road conditions right now — this probably wouldn't have been has bad as it is."

It was just one of several accidents reported on Deerfoot Trail throughout Friday morning.

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